Film No. 78 (2017) October 21st. 11.00 AM LUNA PALACE, Leederville.
"Dad I'm about to go to my interview, is this s good time to be jumping all over me?". (A precise question asked by Troy of Brad, who is dealing with his own stresses).
Could this be the most insightful look into the contemporary midlife crisis offered up so often at the cinema these days? Maybe! Stiller as Brad is serviceable as the reflective middle-class dad massaging son Troy into a future he so aspired to. Stiller grounds the film but it's the understated performance of Austin Abrams as Troy which elevates this film to a higher level. Abrams reacts convincingly to his father's paranoia. Without this performance Brad's Status may have become a Stiller driven (voice over included) cliched shouting match. As it is, Brad and Troy surprise us in this light road trip. 9GUMS.